Most of the big IT companies such as Microsoft or HP have some sort of activity in the enterprise mobility sphere. However, due to the software-heavy nature of the business, it’s perfectly possible for smaller companies to get a piece of the action. Here are five innovative start-ups currently working in the sphere.
Launched in 2013 by CEO Bret Taylor, ex-Facebook CTO (notably creator of the ‘Like’ button), and Kevin Gibbs, founder of Google App Engine and Google Suggest, Quip is a mobile-first productivity suite. It allows users to collaborate with their team in real-time. It recently introduced a feature called Chat Rooms, as well as new social features.
Taylor comments: "People’s expectations for software have fundamentally changed in the age of devices like the iPhone. If the software you use at work doesn’t work well, you’ll just download a different app from the App Store and use something else."
Donky is a network for developers, combining messaging and real-time data interactions with marketing automation. Developers can use collaboration and development tools to build two-way IoT, OTT and messaging services, while marketers can use the platform to interact with their customers.
Paul Putman, Donky CEO, commented: "Donky was established as there was a clear gap in the market for a platform that could communicate and engage customers across all screens, devices and apps especially with the rise of IoT."
SkyGiraffe was founded by Boaz Hecht, CEO, and Itay Braun, VP of Research & Development. The full-stack platform mobilises line of business applications, integrating with back-end systems to allow employees to read and write-back data through mobile business apps.
The start-up has attracted an impressive roster of investors, including Trilogy Equity Partners, Microsoft Ventures, 500 Startups and enterprise software industry veterans.
4. Tempo AI
Tempo is a free iPhone calendar app designed for busy professionals. It intelligently organises your day to put tasks in context and prepares you for what is next, collating different channels such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn into one calendar. The California-headquartered company was founded by CEO Raj Singh, AI Lead Thierry Donneau-Golencer and CTO Madhav Vaidyanathan.
Like many small companies, WorkLife thinks big: it has the ambitious goal of helping people "love their work life". To achieve this, they take on the office meeting, providing a collaborative, real-time note-taking platform so that everybody has access to the same material at all times. The company is based in San Francisco and spearheaded by Dave Kashen, Val Agostino and Dave Bryand.